No, Not a Cleanse! Never Again!

My mom had to go on a cleanse, thanks to some recommendations to help her with her menopause.  My sister and I, being the nice people that we are, decided to do the cleanse with her. My hopes for this cleanse is that it will help clear my face and help with my energy levels.  I feel like I’m constantly breaking out these days and I’m always tired once I hit the afternoon.  Plus, maybe I’ll save my kidneys since I’m giving up caffeine for a week.

IMG_1781Day one (Tuesday) – Day one wasn’t that bad for any of us in fact it was probably helpful for me since I was sick. The broth was basically like soup to me and because I couldn’t taste anything the carrot juice tasted fabulous.  The changes seen included going pee a lot and that’s about it.

Day two (Wednesday) – Day two was a different story. We all struggled much more on day two. We had insane conversations about missing cheese  and  butter so much butter. We talked about these things like we hadn’t had them in months but it really it was just 2 days ago.  We’re pathetic!  I’m so pathetic in fact, that when I went to the grocery store I purchased some gelato for when we can celebrate being done with this cleanse… which is still five more days away. Yikes!  The changes for this day included going pee a lot and my face is clearing up a little bit. Thank goodness for that because it’s been really bad lately.  I also had caffeine withdrawal headaches throughout the day, but they weren’t that bad.

Day three (Thursday) – Is this cleanse over yet?  For real, I feel like I haven’t had food in weeks.  Crap, we still have 4 more days left (no pun intended.)  I’m dreaming about desserts.  The changes for this day include: I am starting to feel better, my nose isn’t as stuffed up, my eyes don’t seem to be watering as much and my sore throat is pretty much gone. Also, my energy levels have gone up a little bit but that could also just be because I’m feeling better. I didn’t have any noticeable changes in my complexion today though unfortunately.  Can’t it be day seven already?

Day four (Friday) – I dreamed of chocolate cake last night.  “I don’t even like chocolate cake that much” I say as I groan in misery.  This cleanse will be the death of me. My complexion appears to be getting worse.  I got lots of whiteheads on my face and there was actually one of my arm too…ew.  There hasn’t been many other noticeable changes.  I’m still sick, but gradually getting better.

Day Five (Saturday) – My roommate offered me a cookie and I felt like crying.  Hopefully, there will still be a cookie left once this cleanse is over and I can enjoy it thoroughly.  I didn’t see much in the way of changes this day, but I am thankful that it’s almost over.  Only two more days!

Day Six (Sunday) – I’ve discovered throughout this cleanse that breakfast and supper are my favorite meals of the day.  I think this is because there’s one kind of splurge at each breakfast and supper, but none for lunch.  For breakfast the splurge is the hard boiled eggs and supper is a piece of toast.  As far as changes go, my complexion appears to be getting better again and that’s about it.  Unfortunately, I don’t have loads of energy yet like the cleanse proposed would happen.

Day Seven (Monday) – Halleluja, we’re on the home stretch!  The changes I’ve seen throughout this cleanse include that my face has cleared a little, I feel like I’ve possibly toned up with out doing more workouts then normal, and that’s about it.  I’m contemplating gelato for breakfast tomorrow.  It sounds like a good idea to me.

The Tower of York Project

The city of York has created the Tower of York project, or TOY for short.  What this means is several artists in York County have been selected to paint a water tower.  Those artists are then allowed to paint whatever they want, as long as it is not political or business related.  Lucky for me, I was one of the artists selected and this was what I created from beginning to end.  Eventually, these towers will be spread around throughout the town of York.  If you’ve heard of the bike or heart project in Lincoln, this project is similar to that, but on a smaller scale.  I mostly hope my piece doesn’t pale in comparison to others TOY projects.  There are some talented people that live around the area!

2016 A Year In Review

Click here to see my previous post “2016 Resolutions”.IMG_2005

  1. Looking back at my 2016 resolutions, I feel like I accomplished most of what I set out to do.  I made my international vacation.  With two of my cousins, we jet set off to Ireland.  Then I continued on the vacation with one of my cousins to Scotland.  Vacation accomplished!
  2. My second resolution was to play a tennis tournament.  I’m sad to say, I did not accomplish this.  However, I was in four, yes, you heard me right four tennis leagues.  Maybe I should have made it my real goal to play more tennis.  I most definitely accomplished that.  I even started up the women’s tennis league in York, NE again.  I’m putting a check mark of “accomplished” by this one.
  3. A garden did happen, albeit a small one, but a garden nonetheless.  Check.
  4. Anther one of my goals – one of my harder goals – was to write a blog post every week.  Now, I didn’t quite accomplish this goal, but I came pretty close.  I did my best to make up the weeks I couldn’t make and I published 3 blogs in one week.  I still managed to get a blog a week on average, I’m still happy with this and am going to say goal accomplished…with some improvising!  This year became more stressful for me than I originally though it would be.  My parents sold their business that they’ve owned for about the last twenty years and I’ve worked at for the last five.  With that, I not only attained new bosses, but I also had to move out of my apartment that I had been living at for the last five years.  Which, in turn, caused me to started looking at houses and then  I became a first time home owner!
  5. Staying healthy.  I think I did pretty well for myself.  I exercised most days and ate healthy…most of the time.  And I didn’t get ill, well, besides a couple minor soar throats and finding out that I’m allergic to the cold.  Not joking, being allergic to the cold is a real thing.  Now, anytime it starts to cool down, I break out in hives on my face.  Little red dots that make me look like I’m breaking out, but are itchy.  Not fun!
  6. 20160424_163640I did not end up create a painting for the kitchen, but I did do a project and I’m very happy with the end result.  Plus, it’s much more useful in the kitchen than a painting.  See my DIY Mug Holder post to see what I made for the blank space in the kitchen.
  7. Writing more comments on other blogs was a really good intention for me and it started out well, but I was simply way too busy this year to follow up on this one.  I’m sorry fellow bloggers!  I started 2016 out with the best intentions, I promise!

I think, looking into the new year, my goal is going to be to take it easier this year.  This isn’t going to be easy because I already am presently in a play and am signed up to direct a play in August – October time.  As long as I don’t sign on for any more plays, I should be good.  Also, my spot on the Board of Directors at the Yorkshire Playhouse is also coming due in May, which should free up some of my time.

I want to know, did you accomplish your 2016 resolutions?

Before and After Pictures ~ Living Room #2

Here’s my third section of the house changes.

Living Room #2 - Old
Before

Above is the before picture and below are the after pictures.  All we really changed in here was the paint color from the yellow beige to “modern gray” and cleaned the carpets.

Living Room #2 - Updated

Living Room #2 - Updated
My sister and her friend Chelsea and my parents dog that I sometimes claim as my own, Addie.

Living Room #2 - UpdatedIt looks quite a bit different than the before picture because of all of our decor.  I’m so lucky to have roommates who have great taste in decorations and let everyone reap the benefits from them.  By summertime I should have some energy saving curtains in this room, but for now it’s curtain free.  Also, eventually, I’d like to have wood floors in here.  Maybe when I can afford them 5-10 years down the road.  And to answer your questions, yes, we were watching Harry Potter.  🙂

Before and After Pictures Living Room #1

One of the great things about this house is that there are two living rooms.  This means more space to put things!!!!  Woooo!!!

Living Room #1 - Old
BEFORE – Living room #1

Above is the picture of the first living room before any changes were made.  All that’s been changed in this room is the wall color from a beige yellow to “modern gray” along with our stuff and the carpets being cleaned.

Eventually, I hope to put a large dining room table in here for a nice crafting workspace, but that won’t be until I can convince my Dad fixes their old dining room table.

Living Room #1 - UpdatedLiving Room #1 - Updated

Before and After Pictures of the Kitchen

I’ve been a little MIA from the blog recently, as I just purchased a house!!!  It’s a big and terrifying step for me.  Besides my childhood home, I’ve always lived in apartments because there’s substantially less financial risk.  You don’t have to worry about appliances breaking down – well you do, but when you live in an apartment you’re not responsible for replacing those appliances.  If there’s a hail storm, which occurs frequently in Nebraska, I didn’t have to worry about the deductible or finding someone to replace my roof.  And if my basement would have flooded or there was a fire, I’d only have to worry about replacing my own items. Plus, I had renters insurance which is very cheap and easy to afford to cover things like fires and floods.

Anyways, back to the house!  I’m going to have a series of posts of before and after pictures of specific rooms that have had work done to them.  This day’s posts is going to cover the kitchen.

Kitchen
BEFORE – Kitchen

As you can see from the before pictures above, the kitchen was very dated in appearance and needed some simple updates.  To transform the kitchen, I had some help from my parents.  My Mom took down the wallpaper that was coming off at the top, cleaned the cupboards, and spackled some uneven areas.  Meanwhile, my Dad and I painted the kitchen from a beige yellow color to “Modern Gray.”  During the painting process I knew I wanted some kind of backsplash, so I went to Wagner’s Decorating, for some wallpaper backsplash options.  There was quite a few wallpapers to choose from and they looked like they were a decent quality and could withstand the normal wear and tear that comes from being placed in the kitchen.

NOTE: Wallpaper is so much cheaper than real tile back-splashes.  I think I paid about $55 for the tile wallpaper backsplash and sizing and there’s still quite a bit of extra wallpaper left.  (Hint-Hint – If you want it I’ll sell the rest to you for $25.)Kitchen - New

Cheesy Spinach Quiche

Cheesy Spinach QuicheIngredients:

  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 (10 oz) box frozen spinach
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Cheesy Spinach Quiche

Directions:

  1. Prepare the pie crust the night before to save yourself some time.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. If your frozen spinach is not already thawed, thaw it in the microwave per box directions. Drain the spinach in a colander while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Place sliced mushrooms in a skillet coated with 1 teaspoon olive oil or nonstick spray, add the garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Turn the heat on to medium-high and sauté the mushrooms until they release all of their moisture and no more water remains on the bottom of the skillet, about 6-7 minutes.
  4. On a floured work surface, roll out the pie dough. Turn the pie crust dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9-inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. With a small and sharp knife, trim the extra overhang of crust and discard. Using pie weights, pre-bake the pie crust for 9 minutes.
  5. While the pie crust is pre-baking, whisk together the eggs, milk, and parmesan cheese until combined. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  6. Blot and squeeze the rest of the water out of the thawed spinach. After 9 minutes, remove the pie crust from the oven and spread spinach on top. Add the cooked mushrooms and shredded cheeses. Pour the egg mixture on top. If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with more parmesan cheese and/or salt and pepper.
  7. Bake the quiche until it is golden brown on top and the center is no longer jiggly. Depending on your oven, this will take anywhere between 40 minutes – 1 hour.  Allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. This quiche makes great leftovers! Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.Cheesy Spinach Quiche

Easy Broccoli Quiche

Easy Broccoli QuicheIngredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions, garlic and broccoli. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft. Spoon vegetables into crust and sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Combine eggs and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in melted butter. Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 50 minutes, or until center has set.Easy Broccoli Quiche

Raspberry Crisp

img_2267INGREDIENTS

  • 2-1/2 cups Raspberries
  • 1 Tablespoon (Heaping) Cornstarch
  • 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, Chopped
  • Dash Of Salt
  • 3/4 sticks Butter, Cut Into Small Pieces
  • Whipped Cream Or Vanilla Ice Cream, For Serving

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine raspberries, corn starch, 2/3 cups sugar, and vanilla. Stir and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl (or food processor) combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar, oats, walnuts, dash of salt, and butter pieces.  Pulse in food processor until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add berry mixture to a small baking dish or pie pan. Sprinkle topping mixture all over the top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.
  5. Allow to sit for ten minutes before serving. Scoop out with a spoon and top with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.Raspberry Crisp